The Big Give: DonorsChoose.org

Happy #GivingTuesday! Like Groupon Grassroots, we at DonorsChoose.org are founding partners of #GivingTuesday, and we hope it will join the ranks of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to become an opening day for the giving season.

As part of The Big Give, DonorsChoose.org is partnering with Groupon Grassroots and an anonymous matching donor on this campaign: for $10, you’ll get a $20 gift card that you can apply toward the school project of your choice on DonorsChoose.org. The campaign is running as part of the special six-week holiday series of Grassroots campaigns, which means you can donate at any time from now until December 26.

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy to help classrooms in need by connecting you with specific projects you can support. We at DonorsChoose.org envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and opportunities needed for an excellent education. Our motto is simple: Teachers Ask. You Choose.

During the 2009–2010 school year, teachers spent an average of $936 of their own money on school supplies and instructional materials, according to a study from The National School Supply and Equipment Association. Classroom supplies provide a foundation for a child’s academic success, but due to budget cuts many teachers lack the basic tools they need to engage students in learning.

Here’s what one teacher said about working with DonorsChoose.org: “Each year that I teach, I strive to be that special person who provides structure and fun in a learning environment. The support that I have received from DonorsChoose.org in this endeavor has been phenomenal. Now that I have the supplies that I need to be an effective educator, I continue to see growth in my students and an overall change in their work habits. All my thanks to the DonorsChoose.org team; you make teaching rewarding.”

To make a contribution, visit our campaign page.

Kirk Smiley joined the DonorsChoose.org team back in 2007 when he focused primarily on partnerships in the Midwest. He graduated with honors from Purdue with a B.S. in Management, B.A. in English Literature and Religious Studies, and an M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management. Coming from a long lineage of public school educators and economically prudent Midwesterners, Kirk is very excited to be working with DonorsChoose.org and Groupon.